So I know that after the Penguin fiasco, G has decided to be s.t.upid & tell everyone that THEY have to police all their backlinks.
Of course this makes NO logical sense at all to me, b/c how can a person/biz know where ALL people put the URL to their site? You can't control what other people online do? That's just NUTS IMO.
I heard the following from several people & I don't know if it's true or not, but if it is, I'm PISSED.
- Even if I put my link here in a thread to show you something, that's considered a BAD backlink b/c SP has nothing to do with my industry. That means every time I've posted on a forum I'm being penalized.
I have to assume, but don't know if putting the URLs in my signature is also considered BAD.
What if I put my link in a classified site like CL? Is THAT considered bad too b/c I am not part of the classified industry???
What if an industry that has nothing to do with mine but is complementary posts my URL on their site? They should be ALLOWED.
Just FUed IMO.
- I traded links with many sites within my industry & a few similar industries all last year & the year before. I never checked to see if their site was considered bad or good, I just traded.
Now I've learned that if THAT site is considered bad, that I'm going to be penalized.
The amount of work it will take to contact everyone & TRY to get the links removed is enormous, & what if they don't respond or comply? Then what is a company supposed to do?
Again, this makes NO logical sense to me at all & IMO & I feel this new rule is very dangerous. While I understand they wanted to get rid of the link farming angle, obviously there's a HUGE difference between my links being on a farm (which they shouldn't be as I didn't put them there) & them being on a site that I don't own or have control over, but is part of my industry.
Of course this means competitors can now bring down their competition by placing their competition's sites on link farms or bad sites. Anyone who wants to hurt others (there are hundreds of mean spirited people online) can now do so.
So my question is, what steps do I need to take to figure out if a site that has my link on it is considered bad by G's standards?
What have you guys done to solve this problem?
Thanks & sorry for the rant, but I'm still pissed.